Women of the Revolution


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Yes … there were women in battle during the American Revolution. Some were wives, some were mothers, some were hangers on. The women pictured here are reenacting seamstresses employed in mending or sewing during the sultry New Jersey summer of 1778, at the Battle of Monmouth. It was here on the 27th of June, that one of the Molly Pitchers became famous for joining the fight when her husband was shot while manning a cannon.

Betty Jackson, the mother of future president Andrew Jackson joined the war as a nurse, after two of her sons became infected with smallpox while imprisoned by the British. (See Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square. )

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The image, Spinsters, is subject to copyright by Mark K_NJ. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

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One Response to Women of the Revolution

  1. Susan says:

    More great blogging about something with which I have become strangely obsessed of late. I just came from your Molly Pitcher page, and read all of the comments with great interest. Some of these young folk today….honestly! But…spare the rod, spoil the child, eh? :-)

    I really appreciate your attention to this very important part of our history, that we just kind of gloss over, or forget about, I guess. I would love to see a “Molly Pitcher Society” started, to capture that spirit of the American WOMEN who served along side their husbands, fathers, brothers, etc…they stepped up and did what was necessary to help defend their homeland…we need that today! This country is under attack from our enemies, both foreign AND domestic, and we cannot sit back and let “somebody else” defend this country. (I was a member of the Paul Revere Society several years back–I guess I feel the need to have the distaff side represented!)

    Anyway, thanks for your great blog! Keep up the good work. From A “Fellow Daughter” in CA

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